30 May 2013
Kieran Page has enlisted family and friends to embark on a 1500km cycle ride from Istanbul to Budapest on behalf of his father Ian Page.
Kieran Page, 31, systems engineer for Eurofighter, has committed to raising as much money as he can for Macmillan Cancer Support who has been supporting his father during his cancer treatment programme over the past 15 months. He is joined by his sister Holly, 23, her partner Tom Crosbie, 24, and friend Andy Dewhurst, 29, who also works on the Eurofighter project in the UK.
'I wanted to raise money for a cancer charity while combining it with a cycle tour. So I asked my dad who I should ride for and he said that he would be really proud if I rode for Macmillan Cancer Support as their team had been doing such a fantastic job in supporting him,” says Kieran Page. “I am very glad that my sister, Holly, her partner Tom, and my friend Andy have decided to join me in this cycling adventure. It feels truly like a team effort and we hope to raise over £2,000 or even more as a thank you and to show our appreciation for the work that the Macmillan team do every day.'
The cycle tour will take Kieran and his team from Istanbul in Turkey through to Sofia in Bulgaria, Belgrade in Serbia and finally to Budapest in Hungary. He calculated that they will be cycling a distance of more than 1500km and churn over 1 million pedal revolutions to get to Budapest.
To prepare for the tour Kieran and his team have been riding to work almost every day; or doing weekend tours loading up their bikes to simulate the conditions they would have to cope with during the tour.
Now living in Munich, Germany, Kieran will meet with the rest of team in Istanbul on 27 May to start their tour and hope to arrive in Budapest on 14 June where they will meet with parents Ian and Erica on Budapest’s iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge.
Ian Page says, 'I am very proud that my family and friends are embarking on this endurance tour to raise money for Macmillan. We have raised just over 50% of our target so far and we hope that people will support us in our quest to raise as much money as we can. We hope that our contribution will also allow them continue to provide the online and print literature that has proven so invaluable for me and my wife. We learned so much by reading the information that Macmillan provide. It gave us a much better understanding of this terrible disease and helped us prepare for the treatment programme.'
Ian Page, 61, works for Surrey Police and was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung at Christmas 2011. He spent all of 2012 undergoing chemotherapy treatment and while the tumour had reduced in size it started moving again. Ian had to continue with a combination of radio and chemotherapy programme which has now concluded.
If you would like to find out more about Kieran’s cycle adventure from Istanbul to Budapest in May 2013, please visit his Facebook page www.facebook.com/OneMillionRevolutions or to sponsor Kieran and his team, please visit the Virgin Money Giving site www.virginmoneygiving.com/OneMillionRevolutions.